Find Another Love - Drop.io Ends

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You know, I was planning on modeling the use of Drop.io for a podcast workshop next Spring...scratch that! But you know, after all the other Web 2.0 solutions switching to for pay (e.g. Scribd), it's not that big a surprise. In fact, iPadio.com--the next "golden boy" Web 2.0 app for podcasting, which I found to work GREAT from my Android phone with excellent customer service--also has a plan to switch to for pay. The pattern is simple, replicable and we see it happening...is the Cloud collapsing?

Perhaps, these folks have it right:
The Web 2.0 freemium model will get challenged and geeks will shift their attention to chargeable mobile apps. The days of endless, free, community oriented and Web based consumer and small business software will be numbered but a clutch of valuable Web 2.0 companies will make the transition and our lives will be richer for it.
For now, please bow your heads for a moment of silence....
An important update on the future of drop.io
..Facebook has bought most of drop.io's technology and assets....
In the coming weeks, we’ll be winding down the drop.io service. As of this week, people will no longer be able to create new free drops...After Dec. 15, paid accounts will be discontinued as well...we plan to delete it after that time. No user data or content will be transferred to Facebook...To our loyal users and fans, we cannot....

My edits of the original message, which you can read in its rambling entirety via Drop.io or here. Finally, some parting thoughts....

“When a love comes to an end, weaklings cry, efficient ones instantly find another love, and the wise already have one in reserve.”
--Oscar Wilde

And, lest we forget our affection for Web 2.0 and The Cloud....
Web-Hosted solutions appear to be breaking down walls, allowing classes to be mobile, allowing content to follow the user everywhere they go. Cloud computing- or simply, The Cloud- seems to be taking us into a place where someday, a student on Chicago's South Side is going to be able to enroll in a public school in Austin, TX because that school's curriculum will be something that holds that student's desires...online tools will allow that student to participate in any classroom across the world. (Source)
Ah, what vision. Can schools change as fast as the market?



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Comments

Allanah King said…
And today we say farewell to Bloglines- my favourite RSS reader.

My worries to is that if I put all my eggs in the Google basket will there be no alternatives??
Miguel Guhlin said…
@Allanah - I understand your feelings. I've put all my eggs into Google's basket, just like I did with Yahoo so long ago.

The lesson isn't to put your eggs in a vendor's basket, but to be nimble enough to find another basket when the time is right. Often, we cling to one port out of comfort, not wanting to change. In today's market, we have to be willing to embrace new solutions to old problems and to problems we weren't aware of.

Of course, we could just be curmudgeons who used free open source, didn't trust anything in the cloud and didn't enjoy those benefits at all. It would cost money.

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